Coast 2 Coast Podcast Episode #9: Conference Power Rankings

From Last Word on Pro Basketballby Austin Cracraft

Editor’s Note: Welcome to tenth episode of Coast 2 Coast, the brand new basketball podcast right here at Last Word on Sports. As always LWOS is committed to bringing you the very best in sports news, analysis and commentary. In putting together this NBA podcast, we continue to stay committed to our high standards. Enjoy the show.

Austin and Dante hop on the pod to finally wrap up the season previews. They begin with a 3×3 set of questions including “Who are ‘their guys’?” and “What are your favorite games from the first week’s slate?” Next, they give their Eastern and Western Conference power rankings heading into the season. Finally, they give their MVP and champion picks.

Coast 2 Coast Podcast Episode #9: Eastern and Western Conference Power Rankings

Austin Cracraft and Dante Guarneri discuss everything from the wide world of the NBA, whether it be the latest update from a Banana Boat or a rookie screwing up on his Snapchat.

Eastern Conference

Austin’s Picks
  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Charlotte Hornets
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Detroit Pistons
  8. Washington Wizards

  9. New York Knicks
  10. Miami Heat
  11. Chicago Bulls
  12. Milwaukee Bucks
  13. Orlando Magic
  14. Philadelphia 76ers
  15. Brooklyn Nets
Dante’s Picks
  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Indiana Pacers
  5. Charlotte Hornets
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. Detroit Pistons

  9. Chicago Bulls
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Miami Heat
  12. New York Knicks
  13. Orlando Magic
  14. Philadelphia 76ers
  15. Brooklyn Nets

Western Conference

Austin’s Picks
  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Los Angeles Clippers
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Portland Trail Blazers
  8. Oklahoma City Thunder

  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Minnesota Timberwolves
  11. Denver Nuggets
  12. New Orleans Pelicans
  13. Sacramento Kings
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Phoenix Suns
Dante’s Picks
  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Portland Trail Blazers

  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Minnesota Timberwolves
  11. New Orleans Pelicans
  12. Denver Nuggets
  13. Sacramento Kings
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Phoenix Suns

MVP & Championship Picks

Austin’s Picks
MVP
  1. James Harden
  2. LeBron James
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Chris Paul
Championship & Conference Finals

West: Golden State over Los Angeles

East: Cleveland over Boston

Finals: Golden State over Cleveland

Dante’s Picks
MVP
  1. Kawhi Leonard
  2. James Harden
  3. Russell Westbrook
  4. LeBron James
  5. Paul George
Championship & Conference Finals

West: Golden State over San Antonio

East: Cleveland over Boston

Finals: Golden State over Cleveland


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Austin is a Staff Writer and Podcast Host/Producer at Last Word on Sports. He is currently attending the University of Oregon and enjoys watching, talking and playing sports. He is a big Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon Ducks fan.

Dante studies Financial Economics at Columbia University. For every statistic and analytic undertaking, he hopes to shed humorous light on the everyday parity of the sports world. A life-long sports fan, he’s been blessed with championships from the New York Yankees and New York Giants, but cursed by the turbulent history of the Brooklyn (New Jersey) Nets.

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